The Toronto Raptors have had a rapid fall from grace in the past two seasons. They were the NBA champions in 2019, before losing Kawhi Leonard but still being incredibly competitive in the 2019-20 season. However, then COVID-19 came and the Raptors were not able to play at home in Toronto.
The Tampa Bay Raptors were born and they were not a shadow of who the Toronto Raptors were. They had almost no Raptors fans at games, which is in direct contrast to their home fortress in Toronto. This, combined with how hard they were hit by COVID-19, caused the Raptors to finish in the last place in the Atlantic Division.
The Toronto Raptors had a rapid fall from grace this season. Here are five roster moves they need to make to start their rebound.
The Raptors had a big man exodus prior to the season starting. They lost Serge Ibaka who chose to take his talents to the LA Clippers. They also lost Marc Gasol to the Los Angeles Lakers. Both of these moves hurt the Raptors, especially on the defensive end.
The Raptors sent Matt Thomas to the Utah Jazz for a 2021 second-round pick, receiving a trade exception in the process. They also send Terence Davis to the Sacramento Kings for two 2021 second-round picks. The Raptors could use these picks as part of a package to get some good players for next season or they could move up in the draft.
However, their biggest move was sending Norman Powell to the Portland Trail Blazers. In return, they received Rodney Hood and Gary Trent Jr. It is here that we start our look into the five offseason roster moves the Toronto Raptors need to make.